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3D Printing


Effective Date Apr 9, 2008

As part of its mission, Evans Library strives to provide resources and services that support and advance education and scholarship.  3D printing promotes creativity and innovation and this equipment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to further their learning experience.

3D printing technology is available at the Evans Library to students, faculty and staff to make three- dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

In order to best serve the FIT community, the Library adheres to the following regulations and policies:

  • The Library’s 3D printers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, priority will be given to students printing objects that influence their grade in a current course (proof may be required.)
  • Due to limited staff and hardware resources, the library does not guarantee specific delivery times. It is recommended to budget at least 48 hours from time of submission to delivery.
  • The printers will be used for academic purposes.  Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Charges for 3D printing cover only the cost of the materials used to print the product (filament, no charges for overhead, labor or machine cost.)
  • Users will be responsible for covering materials costs whether or not the print completes properly.
  • The Library 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the printers to create material that is: 
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law;
    2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others (such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.);
    3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library or university environment;
    4. In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection; and
    5. Models that may result in legal action against the university, its employees, and/or its students and reserves the right to refuse any 3D print requests;
  • Accordingly, Library staff may ask you to provide proof that the work to be printed is:
    1. Your creation;
    2. Public domain;
    3. Part of your research or coursework at FIT. In some cases it may be necessary to provide either written confirmation from an instructor that an object is for a class/project; and
    4. Does not conflict with any Florida Tech policies or the restrictions stated above.
  • Only designated Library staff/student assistants will have hands-on access to the 3D printers.  
  • Printed items must be picked up by the individual who printed them using a picture ID.  Items will be available for pick-up at the iDesk.
  • Items printed from the Library 3D printers not picked up within 7 days after being printed become the property of the Library.

 Cost

  • Estimates of the printing cost will be provided prior to acceptance of an order. The cost is based on the material volume consumption of the finished product measured in cubic inches as calculated by the machine.
  • Charges are based upon the retail cost of the materials and is subject to change. 
  • PAYMENT IS DUE BEFORE AN ITEM IS PRINTED.
  • Payment is by cash, Panther Cash or charge to your departmental account.

Location, Hours and Print Job

  • Location: The Digital Scholarship Lab is on the 2nd floor of the Evans Library.  
  • Hours of Operation: 3D printing is available in accordance with library hours.
  • Print Job: To have an object printed, complete the 3D Printing Form and email it with your file to library-3Dprint@fit.edu. Prints will be performed in the order they are received and may take a few days depending on order volume.

For pricing or specification questions, contact Martin Gallagher, DSL Support Manager via telephone 321.674.8638 or email gallagherm@fit.edu.

For general information or the status of a print job, contact the iDesk at 321.674.8086